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buying photo gear online from alberta to ontario, tax?

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buying photo gear online from alberta to ontario, tax?

Hi,
I am thinking buying lense from thecamerastore.com, they are in Alberta, which they only charge 5% tax, according to photoprice.ca.
http://www.photoprice.ca/product/01070
if i have them ship to me, would the postal office chage me the rest 8%?
if not, why wouldn't people buy from them? 8% tax saving!

if i don';t need to pay the rest of the 8%, wowowwww!! I am going to buy one now! :)

Thanks! :)
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You don't need to pay PST. Just the 5%.
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sfsf wrote:
Jul 4th, 2008 2:42 am
Hi,
if i have them ship to me, would the postal office chage me the rest 8%?
if not, why wouldn't people buy from them? 8% tax saving!
You only pay 5%. Post office will not charge you the other 8%.
I personally only shop local since I don't feel comfortable with my photo equipment being shipped. Beside, I rather test focus my stuffs before purchasing them. Lastly, return or exchange is much easier with local stores.
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sungfra wrote:
Jul 4th, 2008 7:09 am
You only pay 5%. Post office will not charge you the other 8%.
I personally only shop local since I don't feel comfortable with my photo equipment being shipped. Beside, I rather test focus my stuffs before purchasing them. Lastly, return or exchange is much easier with local stores.
I was thinking of the same thing too!
do most people test focusing the lense? how ?
I never did...> :(
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I just purchased a lens from The Camera Store. Shipping was really quick (2 business days) and I did not have to pay PST (I'm on Ontario as well). Sungfra's right in that if there is a problem, it will be much more of a hassle compared to buying locally. You just need to decide if the savings are worth the risk.
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We have provincial border customs now?
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that is the reason i felt drive south 1 hour across border more convenient, should anything wrong with the camera, :cheesygri
Gigi wrote:
Jul 4th, 2008 10:00 am
I just purchased a lens from The Camera Store. Shipping was really quick (2 business days) and I did not have to pay PST (I'm on Ontario as well). Sungfra's right in that if there is a problem, it will be much more of a hassle compared to buying locally. You just need to decide if the savings are worth the risk.
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oakville wrote:
Jul 4th, 2008 2:42 pm
that is the reason i felt drive south 1 hour across border more convenient, should anything wrong with the camera, :cheesygri
True, but I wanted a Canadian warranty with my Nikon lens.
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I was thinking about buying a lens from these guys too. Even if the local places can price match the lens I'd still be saving $46 in PST.

I haven't had a problem with any of my lenses so far. I might just risk it that's why there are warrantys :P

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